Fire Choir, a Foundling Fellowship project by Sam Lee


[Singing] May you grow up to be righteous, May you grow up to be true, May you always know the truth, and see the light surrounding you. I wanted to use the Foundling Fellowship as a way of connecting in with some of the history of the Foundling Museum, and the Foundling Hospital in its role in really challenging some of the social norms at the time. [Sam Lee:] It’s really important to remember that the Foundling Hospital comes from the activism of Captain Coram. [Singing] Fire Choir was a way of bringing people together on a regular basis to share in song, which is the most powerful of social glues and agents. [Singing]
May your hand always be busy, May your feet always be swift, May you have a strong foundation, When the winds of changes shift. [Sam Lee:] To get people who’ve never been active in their engagement with political and social issue to find their voice through the choir. [Singing]
Power in the blood, Justice in the soul, When that call it comes, I will say No, no, no to war. Power in the blood, Justice in the soul, When that call it comes, I will say No, no, no to war. [Singing] In the blood, In the blood, in the blood, In the blood, in the blood, In the blood, in the blood, In the blood, in the blood, In the blood, in the blood. [Applause] Thank you Caro and everyone at the Foundling for making this happen, you are integrated but I think more you are fire starters. So, brilliant, this has been amazing, we’ve sung in this group every Monday and it’s an incredible space to be in. [Sam Lee:] The Foundling Hospital and the Museum has always had a really strong relationship with visual artists. Even though I’m using song I do feel as though the project that I’ve been doing has been a musical installation, that is also an action that can leave the Museum and exist elsewhere. [Singing]
Who’s gonna do it if I don’t, Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, This ain’t heaven help us. So the Fire Choir doesn’t just sing on a Monday night in the Foundling Museum [Sam Lee:] it’s been a framework through which we have gone out to a lot of the big marches. the Choir appears in other places that have been amazing, other events as a way of bringing our quality musicality into spaces that need that: the entertainment and the power of a message being brought through song. [Sam Lee:] the Foundling Hospital and Museum has a really strong social responsibility, and an active one. Because of that I wanted to create something that really did something, made something happen and maybe made a difference. [Singing]
Fire, fire Fire, fire Power in the blood, Justice in the soul, When that call it comes, I will say No, no, no to war. Power in the blood, Justice in the soul, When that call it comes, I will say No, no, no To war [Applause]

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